Palomar Mountain, CA
Most famous for its namesake observatory, this mountain, 1 1/2 hours northeast of downtown San Diego, is a lush springtime
playground, with 10+ miles of hiking trails through meadows, creeks, and forests.
Stay: In the Gold Rush town of Julian, the Craftsman-style Orchard Hill Country Inn has a hammock and cookies waiting. From $195; orchardhill.com